How to Plant Daylilies

Plant daylilies in a sunny location for a beautiful splash of color image by earl53:


Daylilies are an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Place colorful and vibrant daylilies in corners or along borders that need a showy splash of color and greenery. Daylilies will tolerate almost any type of soil and need only basic gardening care to thrive happily in a flowerbed. Choose a location that receives at least six hours of direct sun and add beautiful daylily plants to your garden.

Step 1

Prepare the growing area in the spring or in the fall. Add compost to the topsoil and work the soil down at least 4 to 6 inches with the spade.

Step 2

Dig a hole for each daylily plant. Make the hole approximately 6 inches deep and wide enough to spread out the roots comfortably within the hole. Space the holes at least 16 inches apart and up to 30 inches apart. Dig holes closer together if you expect to divide the daylilies within five years and further apart if you expect to leave them without dividing for up to 15 years.

Step 3

Place the daylily plants into the holes. Position the plant so that the crown will be approximately 1/2-inch below the soil level. Refill the holes and tamp down the soil around the base of the plants.

Step 4

Water the daylily plants well and strive to provide approximately 1 inch of water each week.

Step 5

Wait about three weeks and then fertilize the daylily plants with a liquid or granular fertilizer added to water. Follow package directions for fertilizer amounts for your daylily plant size.

Step 6

Mulch around the base of the daylilies to help conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from growing. Use shredded bark, pine needles, grass clippings or straw for mulch.

Things You'll Need

  • Daylily plants
  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Fertilizer (10-10-10)
  • Shredded mulch


  • Growing Daylilies
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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